When comprehending the art of aromatherapy, you need to use only high-quality essential oils from proven manufacturers. There are a lot of fakes on the market of aroma oils, which not only do not bring benefits when used, but can also cause harm in the form of side effects of varying degrees.
It is advisable to buy directly from the manufacturer, and preferably foreign, because the probability of a fake is less. Oils with violation of manufacturing technology or produced from low-quality raw materials are called counterfeit. Unlike natural analogs, they are inexpensive than they often bribe a gullible consumer. Real high-quality essential oils cannot be cheap by definition.. Aromatic oils, produced for various purposes, remember this should always and before buying carefully study the information posted on the label of the bottle. Thus, for example, oils intended for air aromatization and chemically obtained oils are required to have the following inscription on the bottles: “Identical to natural”, “perfumed oil”, etc. - for the consumer, such information is a signal that such products do not have a therapeutic effect and cannot be used in cosmetology or for treatment.
You also need to remember that the essential oil is not a product that can be extracted from any natural raw materials. Oils of violet, lilac, lily of the valley, peach, strawberry, kiwi, mango, banana, melon and others do not exist, because the plants and fruits listed above do not belong to the essential oil group and, accordingly, oils with their aroma can only be synthetic origin.
Appearance of oils
Bottles for high quality essential oils are made only from dark glass (at least 50% blackout), which protects the oil from light and allows you to maintain useful properties for a long time. The bottles must be packed in cardboard boxes, on which for the consumer place information about the properties, sometimes the options for using oil. The storage of essential oils in plastic bottles with rubber droppers is unacceptable. Close attention should be paid to the label.. It must contain the name of the plant in Latin and the information that it is 100% essential oil without any synthetic additives. Pure, undiluted essential oil can be calculated in the following way: if you drop a little on tissue paper, then after a while it should evaporate completely, leaving no trace.
If the line of essential oils of the manufacturer has the same price - is it worth thinking about the quality of the oils offered, how could such a compromise be achieved? It is important to understand that The price of each essential oil is formed from several terms. It depends on the cost of raw materials, the method of extraction and the final yield of aroma oils (for example, Jasmine oil is obtained from the petals by the anflerage method - the most expensive method, and 1 ton of petals is required to produce 1 liter of pure essential oil). And also from such global reasons as the zone of growth of raw materials (its ecology), production restrictions in terms of ecosystem conservation (for example, sandalwood is listed in the Red Book, and producers of Sandal oil pay an environmental fee).
The essential oil itself must be transparent and uniform, without sediment and impurities. Oils from resinous plants (Patchouli, Sandalwood, Jasmine, etc.) and oils of absolutes (Rosa) are more dense than oils obtained from citrus.
Pure essential oil is valued more for its therapeutic, not aromatic, properties. It is necessary to take into account that some natural essential oils, for example, the essential oil of Tea Tree or the essential oil of Chamomile have quite specific odors that can hardly be called pleasant. When comparing the essential oils of several brands, choose the one whose aroma is most pleasant. To do this, place the open bottle at a distance of about 5 centimeters from the nose and inhale the smell. Use the same rules as when choosing a perfume - take breaks, otherwise after a while all odors will begin to seem alike.
Buy only those oils that you enjoy, they will bring the greatest benefit, because harmonize with your body.
Shelf life and storage rules
After the acquisition of high-quality essential oil, the question arises about the preservation of all its priceless therapeutic properties. To preserve the properties of essential oils are usually sold in quantities of 1, 2, 5, 10 or 15 ml, they must be packaged in a dark glass container.
Keep the essential oils away from direct sunlight, storage temperature: from -5 ° to 30 ° С
Shelf life Citrus oils are relatively low - about 1-2 years, while some essential oils (for example, Sandalwood, Patchouli, Rose, Neroli, Sage Muscat) only improve with time, as if ripening, like good wine.
Knowing the properties of various essential oils, you can use and save them properly. The optimum temperature for storing citrus oils (Orange, Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Mandarin): from -10 ° to + 15 ° C. Resinous essential oils (Patchouli, Sandalwood, Jasmine, etc.) should be stored at air temperatures from + 15 ° to + 40 ° С, so that they do not thicken.
The total temperature requirement for the preservation of all essential oils - temperature constancy. It is advisable not to change the storage conditions and not to use essential oils immediately after exposure to frost.
The best place to store your home is fridge.
After using the bottle with essential oil should be tightly closed, as aroma oils are very volatile and can evaporate quickly. Essential oils are flammable, so you should keep them away from open flame.